A city man tried to end a fight today by stealing a car and intentionally driving at one the individuals involved, hitting both and then seriously injuring an uninvolved bystander, police said.
The bystander, a 36-year-old woman from Schenectady, remained in serious condition at Albany Medical Center this evening with a head injury.
The two others hit — the ones involved in the original fight — were treated and released from Ellis Hospital, police said.
Victor J. Thompson, 21, the man who police say drove into the individuals, now faces multiple charges, including first-degree assault.
Thompson fled the scene on foot after crashing the car, police said. Police took him into custody at a residence that wasn’t his own, a short distance from the scene, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.
Thompson is to be held overnight for arraignment in City Court Friday morning, police said.
The incident happened at about 12:40 p.m. near the corner of Chestnut Street and Victory Avenue in the Vale Neighborhood.
Police said the two male victims fought there and Thompson intended to end it by targeting one of the men. He did so by jumping into a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu that wasn’t his, drove it off the roadway toward the men.
McCracken did not know how Thompson got control of the vehicle to allegedly steal it, but he called the car a “weapon of opportunity.”
Thompson then used that weapon, police said, and ended up hitting both men, then continued over the sidewalk and lawn and struck the woman.
The car came to rest in front of 22 Chestnut St. after also knocking over two different fences, police said.
Both original combatants were treated at Ellis Hospital and released. One, a 26-year-old from Schenectady, was taken by paramedics to Ellis with minor injuries. The second, a 20-year-old also from Schenectady, arrived at the hospital by private vehicle. Police did not identify the victims today.
In all, Thompson faces one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and third-degree grand larceny, felonies. He also faces two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.